GHMC demolishes 700 structures

Mon 04 Feb 2019, 12:28:33
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s Enforcement Vigilance and Disaster Management wing demolished 700 structures on the footpaths from Ramanthapur to street No. 8 Habsiguda here on Saturday.

Viswajeet Kampati, Director, Vigilance and Enforcement said that till date over 15,000 unauthorised structures had been removed and stern action was taken against the establishments, which reoccupied the footpaths, besides levying penalties to around 160 shops and seizing many outlets.

He said these drives were being taken up to create more space for pedestrians under ‘Right To Walk’ initiative and claimed there was good feedback from citizens.

“It has been observed that outlets are voluntarily removing the encroachments after realising their fault. These drives will be taken up regularly on every Saturday and if outlets were found

reoccupying footpaths, it will be viewed very seriously,” he said.

Citizens are requesting the municipal corporation to construct footpaths immediately after removal. We are taking up construction of footpaths on war footing basis in coordination with HMR, HRDCL, he said.

It has been assessed that approximately around 2.5 lakh unauthorised structures and encroachments across GHMC limits, of these 15,000 have removed so far, Viswajeet said adding that department would be on the job to remove all the structures in a phased manner, said a press release.

Appreciating the work taken up by GHMC’s EVDM wing, former Minister and TRS working president KT Rama Rao tweeted congratulations on the progress so far. Keep it going, Hyderabadis need their footpaths back, he tweeted.

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